[Etude House] Fix and Fix Primer – Mint Review

AUTHOR: kkochsongi

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE IN May 2017.

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Etude House Fix and Fix Primer – Mint Review

 

 

Primer is something I use pretty much everyday and I’m usually one for a brightening one to help my rather dull skin look a bit healthier. That combined with a nice bright blush seems to give me a healthy complexion that I’m frequently complimented on. Thanks to Etude House, I was able to try a colour correcting primer for the first time in January in cushion form and I was quite happy with the results so I was more than excited to try a different form of the product. When asked which colour corrector I would like I chose Mint because I suffer from redness in my face and redness that increases as the day goes by. Etude House’s Fix and Fix Primer shares its shades with the cushion (aside from the strobing one is changed up for one that seemingly acts similarly to the Benefit Porefessional). But this time it comes in a tube form and a liquid-cream formula.

 

 

The packaging of this product is very sleek and the fact that it’s mint green as well bodes really well with me (I’m gonna say this a million times but it’s my favourite colour!). I love minimalist pastel packaging and this is nice and compact to take about in my bag with me.

 

 

As this is a tube, the product is squeezed out as expected and when it comes out you will notice the mint green is a very pale mint green and from what I have been able to see it is very similar if not the same shade as the cushion, so I was expecting the same result from it other than the application may finish differently due to not using a cushion to apply this time.

 

 

A lot of people when talking about the colour correcting primer from Etude House have mentioned a white cast on their skin as a finish. While this is true, and something I mentioned before, I actually did a bit more research on Korean blogs and articles into it to see why it does. Korea’s beauty trend has always tended to feature pale, flawless skin, but more recently, there’s been some acknowledgement that it can be difficult to acheive for some people with either issues such as redness, dark spots or dullness of the skin and those with more tanned skin. Whitening skincare and procedures have been used regularly for a while, but these products are for the initial instances of skin troubles rather than skintone*, so the usage of what they call “tone up” make up (such as this primer) is becoming more popular to meet with this trend. So this pale white skin is obtained using a primer that creates a white cast and then is covered with a BB cream or foundation, then accentuated with a combination of a bright or soft lip colour. This is of course for those that want to follow this trend that a lot of celebrities are showcasing and has been quite a popularised look in Korea.

 

Because of this, I don’t see a lot of issue with the white cast for myself because I myself am already pale so this helps accentuate that. My only real issue is that because it is a green shade, it takes the warmth out of my skin which then comes back when I add my BB/Foundation on top, so this definitely isn’t something to wear by itself!

 

 

I’ll showcase here the difference in my skintone. I’m actually quite happy with the condition of my skin at the moment asides from my scars, so there aren’t a lot of visible issues but you can see some redness to the cheeks and to the nose area, these tend to be the parts that I suffer from redness the worst especially when the weather is either really hot or cold. Applying the primer does take a lot of the redness away but you can see quite clearly that my skin loses it’s warm yellow tone to it (and you can see that tone remaining on my neck where it wasn’t applied).

I have found using this, that my skin does’t go as red as it normally would throughout the day. This is the same result that I found previously with the cushion. I think I prefer this tube style over the cushion as I find it’s simply easier to apply with my fingers and I also know how much product I have remaining (as cushions do absorb some amount of the product that’s put inside). Would I buy this again? Possibly, I want to try the colour correcting sticks from Etude House as well at some point and see how the two in combination work. I’m actually going to take this primer with me when I go on holiday to Spain in two weeks, so this will be going on top of sunscreen to protect my skin and hopefully reduce any redness in my face with the heat!

 

 

What are your views on colour correcting products? Have you tried any of Etude House’s? Which shade do you think would be necessary for you?

*This is taken from my research on the topic and I’m hoping I haven’t worded my sentences in regards to skintone in a way that may upset anyone, as I feel I’m not in a position to go too into detail in regards to any tone other than my own. If I have worded things poorly, please let me know.

 


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[Mizon] Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream Review

Author: The Empties Diaries

This review originally appeared on her blog here. You can also follow her on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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Mizon Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream Review

 

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In today’s review, I will be talking about a veritable cult favourite: Mizon’s snail cream, or, as it is also known, Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Cream. As far as I can see, this is available online only. I have trawled quite a few blogs in both Korean and English, and even their company site, as far as I can remember, only delivers online. This, of course, can be tricky for those of us who would much prefer testing a product in person before buying.

EDIT: The company contacted me to advise that their products are also available through a store called Village 11 Factory, Sinsa, Garosugil. I have not personally been to this store, so if you have been, please share your experiences in the comments.

This retails for KRW39,900 last time I checked locally, though Mizon frequently puts these babies on sale. I remember purchasing them for about a manner (KRW10,000, roughly USD 9) in the past.

What it is

This cream is housed in a dark brown glass jar and comes with a protective plastic lid. To be honest, the packaging could be improved on. A pump would be much better suited to this product in my opinion, as the cream is quite runny and would lend itself to pumping or using a different kind of dispenser.

The cream is a translucent white gel cream.

How it applies

Due to its slightly gelly, viscous, slimy texture, this goes on very smoothly and spreads easily.

How it smells

Of pretty much nothing. Perhaps a slightly playdoh-y scent that does not linger and is non-intrusive.

How I felt about it

This is not meant to replace your regular moisturiser, it is meant to go UNDER your moisturiser according to Mizon. A lot of people seem to be confused by this concept. This is not meant to replace the last step of your current skincare routine – it goes on after toning. You then follow up with serums, moisturisers, oils, sleeping masks and the like. This is how I used the snail cream, too: I would tone first and then follow up with moisturising serums, essences, moisturisers, oils (evening routine) or sunscreens (morning routine).

When I was still using the cream, this was helpful in managing my acne and reducing overall inflammation. I did not find it to be very moisturising and thought of it as a treatment product for acne breakouts. It did indeed work very well when used in this manner, as my breakouts were reduced while I was using it.

When I first started using it, I saw the best results from a single product that I had seen in a long time; breakouts were reduced and future acne sort of went back in itself.

Final Thoughts

I would consider repurchasing this in the future. I just wish it were accessible instore somewhere, as I actually do not like online shopping. I also wish that it were a bit more hydrating. This was fine when I was in my mid-20s, however now that I am fast approaching 30 and my skin is getting a bit drier, this is slightly drying at this point in time. For now, I am using up different products and am focusing more on hydrating ingredients and moisturising skin care.

[Lioele] Water Drop Sleeping Pack Review

Author: Jojo (howdoibeauty)

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

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Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack Review

 

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A little #TextureTuesdaybefore the night is over 🙃
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Happy to report that @sokoglam Best of K-Beauty Picks have never failed me 👏👏👏
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Picked up this @lioele_official Water Drop Sleeping Pack a while ago and have been using it intermittently in between my other overnight masks but used again this week because I’m back on the road and have to pay more attention to my skin’s hydration levels 💧
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First of all, LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL BLUE COLOR 😍 literally enough to make me fall in love haha ❤ I like that when I bought it the tube was sealed. Such a small thing, but makes me feel so much more confident in the freshness of the product when I receive it 😅
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There is a very slight, fresh fragrance which I don’t mind at allll 😊 The texture of the product itself is a lightweight oil-free gel that reminds me of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask or the Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask. It applies a little viscous…not thick, but with a type of retentiveness to its texture, if that makes any sense 🤷‍♀️ But that viscosity quickly turns into a more watery substance on your skin as it gets absorbed whaaaatttttt haha but actually you can visibly see the gel changing into moisture droplets! 😯
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I usually apply a little more when using overnight masks but still the product gets absorbed quickly and there is no sticky residue afterwards. In the morning when I was my face I do feel like I am washing off a layer of product, but I don’t mind it because 1) it’s not at all heavy, 2) my skin feels so smooth and hydrated afterwards, 3) the layer feels more like a barrier that keeps the hydration in overnight than anything else 😁
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What’s your favorite overnight mask right now? 👇 I’m on a no-buy but taking notes for later haha

[iUNIK] Tea Tree Relief Serum Review

Author: skinxmakeup

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum Review

 

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🌿TEA TREE RELIEF SERUM 🌿
🔑 Tea Tree Leaf Water 67%.
🔑 Centella Asiatica Leaf Water 19.5%.
• Reviewing this in terms of its claims:
🍃 Powerful Relief: I do find this to be relieving but perhaps not as powerful as it claims. However, it does provide relief every single time I apply this without fail.
🍃 Soothing Care: I find that my skin is less inflamed every time I use this, in this way it does soothe and to some extent reduce pain when I am breaking out.
🍃 Natural Moisturising: In terms of moisture this does not provide a ton but does enough as I have not noticed any dry patches recently. However, I feel this is more down to my whole skincare routine rather than just this one product.
🍃 Whitening and wrinkle care: I think by whitening they actually mean brightening, which this serum hasn’t noticeably done for my skin. In terms of wrinkle care I don’t really have wrinkles but I’ve been using this on my forehead to see whether it’ll help with my frown lines in which makeup sometimes tends to set but it has not helped with that.
💚 Overall I rate this 3.5/5, this serum is just satisfactory, I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed by it but I’m just not wowed. Would I repurchase, not really, unless I notice anything impressive from continued use. I will say I have been using this for 2 months or so and there is still so much left!

[Eyenlip]  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

Author: Miss E.

This review originally appeared on her blog here. She’s also active on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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Eyenlip  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

 

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📍 Claims: 
✔️ Calamansi contains about 30 times more Vitamin C than lemon so it’s great for beauty treatments and gives your skin what you should be proud of.
✔️ Provides vitamins to the dull and lifeless skin to vitalize so that you can be confident about your skin.
 ✔️ This is a mask that contains Niacinamide with Adenosine components that helps with skin whitening and wrinkle reduction.

✔️ The soft feeling of natural color microfiber sheet that allows anyone to use it without irritation.

👸🏼 Impression:
 ✨ True to its words, it doesn’t leave any stingy feeling on my skin.

✔️ Odorless. I don’t have any issues with the smell but, just in case some of you do have, then this mask will be great for you.
✨ Contains a lot of serum left in the package. You can use it with your DIY mask by soaking it in the serum inside the package or put the serum on your neck.
🤔 The mask reminds me of Watson’s 365 mask (due to its thin feel)
✔️ Leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Fit for dry and other types of skin.

So far, I haven’t had any issues or breakouts caused by the mentioned products. I usually am careful with Mask Sheets as some made my skin breakout even after the first use.
Where to Purchase: I got this as a freebie from Kyoung’s Korean Cosmetic.
(disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post!)
Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[SanDaWha] Liposome Skin Softener Review

Author: Jojo

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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SanDaWha Liposome Skin Softener Review

 

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Been wanting to review this one forever but life seems to keep getting in the way. 😭

Legit got sent home from work this week bc I got sick after working the weekend so had to fly twice in one day. 🙄

ANYWAY…picked up this #SanDaWhaLiposome Skin Softener from @beautytapofficial in mid-May and I’m already 2/3 of the way through the bottle…all you skincare junkies out there know that’s the highest compliment and means I really love it. 😂

Unlike western toners which are often on the more astringent side, this #kbeauty skin softener is milky and hydrating and soothing and nutrient-rich and light all at the same time. 😍

Very lightly and pleasantly scented, a bit floral…a bit citrus-y…fades pretty quickly, which is just the way I like it. 😊

My skin always feels immediately softer and nourished (if it’s possible for your skin to FEEL nourished haha)…it’s full of herbal extracts including camellia flower, a staple in Asian skincare w antioxidant and moisturizing properties. 💕

Skin feels a little sticky/tacky immediately after applying but this doesn’t bother me since toning is the first step in my routine so any tackiness gets quickly covered up with the following layers. 🙃

I’ve been using this literally every day and can’t keep my hands off of it…basically about to purchase a refill before I’m done even though I have other toners I haven’t touched yet 🤷‍♀️ honestly, it’s #HolyGrailstatus for me and when I saw it on BeautyTap’s Top KBeauty Toners list I couldn’t help but agree. 😁

Have you tried this at all? What are your favorite toners? 👇

[COSRX] Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review

Author: Mandy

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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review 🐌

 

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Let me just start off by saying that this item really lives up to the hype! And to be completely honest I think it’s definitely earned its place on my holy grail list.

This was one of the first products that introduced me to k-beauty and it’s a damn good introduction to the entire world that is Korean skincare and Cosrx as a brand.

This product contains a whopping 96% of Snail Mucin filtrate as the name suggests, making it super soothing, healing, and moisturizing.

I’ve definitely noticed that since I’ve started using this product, any spots that I have that I pick at heals a lot faster. Although I don’t see this helping with hyperpigmentation too much it still works very well in healing over the skin.

The texture of this is super stringy and slimey, it’s what you’d expect Snail Mucin to feel like. The first bottle I got was more of a gel compared to my second bottle, which makes me wonder how fresh my first bottle was. But it still works the same and keeps my skin super plump and hydrated.

This is also just a great product to layer with since it’s moisturizing and sinks in super quickly! With no trace of tackiness or a film. I also like to use this around my eyes instead of an eye cream because it’s lighter and really helps any dry patches I have around my eyes to become hydrated again.

Overall, I really enjoy this product and feel like I can’t live without it now that I use it.

I would definitely repurchase this product and I already have one as a backup. This is such a well rounded product that deserves all the hype that it gets! I can’t recommend it enough!